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MDU stands by 50% fee cut and says existing indemnity model unaffordable
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has defended its decision to halve fees and adopt a new GP indemnity model, warning that maintaining its existing scheme was simply unaffordable. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

RCGP guide helps overseas doctors adapt to UK general practice
The RCGP has launched a guide to support doctors from overseas moving into work as a GP in the UK, offering 'constructive advice and practical support' to prospective applicants. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

What we know so far about plans for state-backed GP indemnity
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt's announcement at last week's RCGP conference that the government would develop a state-backed GP indemnity deal offered some hope to a profession that has seen costs soar since the start of this decade. GPonline looks at what we know so far about the plans. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Will all UK nations match England's state-backed GP indemnity offer?
The Welsh and Scottish governments have yet to match plans for state-backed GP indemnity in England, but have given strong hints that they will act to make sure their GPs are not left behind. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Half-price MDU indemnity deal could leave GPs facing long-term costs, DH warns
GPs who move to a cheaper indemnity deal offered by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) from 1 November could be forced to pay thousands of pounds for long-term 'run-off cover', guidance published by the DH suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Why Dutch GPs are happier than GPs in the UK
Dutch GPs dramatically improved their job satisfaction levels after a campaign to change their working environment, Professor Jako Burgers told delegates at the RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP practices face wave of criticism on unofficial Facebook pages
GP practices should set up their own official Facebook pages to prevent un-moderated, unofficial pages being set up without their knowledge, researchers have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS data loss investigation widened as 160,000 new items found
NHS England has identified a further backlog of more than 160,000 items of clinical correspondence that GPs will need to review - on top of the huge backlog identified last year - MPs have been told. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert
GPs prescribing the contraceptive pill should tell women that they do not need to stop taking it for one week in every four, according to Professor John Guillebaud. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

GPs are perfectly placed to make a real difference as activists
GPs are in a 'fantastic position' to act as activists and can make a significant contribution to causes from their home or practice, according to a prominent junior doctor strike campaigner. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

Health Education England pilots medical assistant training programme
Health Education England (HEE) is piloting a medical assistant training programme to help free up GP time, by allowing non-clinical workers to take on administrative work. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

GP concern over rise in racism as Brexit 'turns clock back 30 years'
GPs have raised concerns over a rise in racism since the UK voted to leave the EU last year and called for clear guidance on how practices should handle unacceptable behaviour from patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

We are losing two GP practices a week, NHS England official admits
Two GP practices are closing every week in England, NHS England's director of primary care has told the RCGP conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes are 'phenomenal' tool for GPs to help smokers quit
Smoking cessation is one of general practice's most effective interventions in the battle against cancer - and e-cigarettes could be a crucial weapon in the GP's arsenal, according to experts at the RCGP annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

GPs urged to push back against CCGs that do not support collaboration
GPs whose plans to collaborate are being held back by a lack of support from local primary care organisations have been urged to press on and gather evidence to demonstrate the benefits of their plans. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Video: Jeremy Hunt defends his record on general practice
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was forced to defend his record on general practice in a Q&A session with delegates at the RCGP annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

MDU provides more detail on its plans to cut subscription rates
Dr Matthew Lee, MDU professional services director, explains how the MDU plans to roll out cuts to members' medical indemnity subscriptions, ahead of the introduction of a state-backed indemnity scheme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GPconnect Source Type: news

Uncertainty is 'key skill' for successful GP consultations, says NICE chair
GPs should embrace and accept uncertainty in patient consultations, according to NICE chairman Professor David Haslam. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Final talks on QOF-free Scottish GP contract almost complete
Talks on a new Scottish GP contract that will formalise a system to replace QOF are almost complete, Scotland's deputy chief medical officer has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Video: Jeremy Hunt outlines his plans for state-backed GP indemnity
Jeremy Hunt announced plans for a 'state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity for general practice' from April 2019 at the RCGP annual conference. Watch this section of his conference address below. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

GP's challenge to Jeremy Hunt - why should we believe you?
Jeremy Hunt was forced to defend his record in office, as a GP in the audience at the RCGP conference told him he had allowed general practice to deteriorate since he became health secretary. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: GP indemnity fees halved by MDU after state funding pledge
GP indemnity subscription fees will be slashed by 50% from November by the MDU - a leading medical defence organisation - after the DH pledged to roll out state-funded indemnity cover for GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Video: Give GPs the freedom to do what is right for patients, says RCGP chair
The four UK governments must give GPs the time, resources and freedom they need to do what is right for their patients, RCGP chair Helen Stokes-Lampard told the college's annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

State-backed GP indemnity deal will not stop rising negligence costs, warn MDOs
Plans for a state-backed GP indemnity scheme will not tackle the fundamental problem that medical negligence costs are consuming a growing proportion of the overall NHS budget, medical defence organisations (MDOs) have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

DH to expand £20,000 GP golden hello scheme
A scheme offering £20,000 golden hellos to GP trainees in areas that struggle to recruit will be widened as part of a package of measures to address the GP workforce crisis, the health secretary will announce at the RCGP annual conference on Thursday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Read Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard's RCGP conference 2017 speech in full
In her first conference speech as RCGP chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard highlighted the impact of social isolation on patients and called on the four UK governments to increase general practice funding to give GPs 'time to care'. Read her speech in full below. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

Scottish patients back calls to increase GP funding
The vast majority of people in Scotland believe that general practice needs more funding, an RCGP Scotland poll has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Loneliness 'as bad as long-term conditions' for health, RCGP chair warns
Chronic loneliness can be as bad for health as long-term conditions, especially for older patients, RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard will warn today in her opening speech at the college's annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

Email consultations may not improve efficiency, researchers warn
Online consultations in general practice that forgo face-to-face contact with patients may not improve practice efficiency and could increase overall GP workload, researchers have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

State-backed GP indemnity scheme could start from 2019, says Jeremy Hunt
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that a 'state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity for general practice' could go ahead from April 2019 in a landmark speech at the RCGP annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt to unveil state-backed GP indemnity deal
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will reveal plans for a 'state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity for general practice' at the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool on Thursday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPonline and RCGP launch Choosing General Practice writing competition
GPonline and the RCGP have launched the Choosing General Practice writing competition for UK medical students to explain why they want to become GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Large-scale GP contracts could be one-way street to salaried service, says GPC chair
GPs should not be seduced into giving up the security of existing practice contracts to join large collaborative deals that could be damaging and irreversible, GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs consistently top NHS provider ratings, says CQC
GP practices are more likely than all other NHS providers to receive good or outstanding ratings and significantly less likely to drop down a rating upon reinspection, according to a CQC report that highlights extreme pressure facing the health service. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Quarter of GPs ready to swap practice contracts for collaborative deal
One in four GP partners are willing to ditch their existing practice contracts and join a collaborative funding deal across their local area, according to polling by a leading think tank. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Women are more likely to make use of online GP services, data suggest
Women are more likely than men to make use of online GP services, according to data from an app that allows patients to book GP appointments via their smartphone. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GPconnect Source Type: news

Thousands of GPs urged to write to MPs about indemnity
GPs across England have been urged to contact their MP to demand government support to ease the burden of rising indemnity costs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard interview: The highs and lows of the first year
Ahead of the RCGP Annual Conference, which begins tomorrow in Liverpool, College Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard speaks to GPonline about her eventful first year in post. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2017 Source Type: news

Can working at scale help practices recruit GPs?
The push towards working at scale in general practice has aimed to break down divisions within the health service and tackle workload issues. For some practices, however, the approach has offered a way to beat the GP workforce crisis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Exclusive: One in five practices has two or more GP vacancies
Almost one in five practices has vacancies for two or more GP roles, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS England drops plans to peer review all GP referrals, says BMA
NHS England appears to have dropped plans to introduce clinical peer review of all GP referrals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Practice receives RCGP award for successfully targeting patients at risk of diabetes
A practice in Lancashire that has effectively reduced the risk of patients developing diabetes has been recognised by the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

BMA calls on Theresa May to address 'overwhelming' NHS crisis
The BMA has called on prime minister Theresa May to address the crisis that is 'overwhelming' health services after her speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today failed to offer any additional funding or measures for the NHS. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Closing lists may be 'only way to ensure patient safety', GPC warns Jeremy Hunt
GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt warning that GP practices are prepared to close their lists to new patients if workload, funding and staffing pressures are not addressed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

One in seven practices loses more than 10% of appointments to DNAs
Patients fail to turn up to more than 10% of appointments at one in seven GP practices, according to a GPonline survey that suggests over 17m appointments a year are lost to 'did not attends' (DNAs). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Most patients keen to provide GPs with feedback but unsure how to do so
Three-quarters of patients in England are interested in sharing feedback with their GP to improve services, but only 23% have ever actually done so, according to a survey by Healthwatch England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

How the primary care home is improving services
The NAPC's primary care home model is aiming provide practices with a new way of working 'at-scale', but how does it actually work? GPonline looks at how one of the pilot sites has used the initiative to deliver benefits to patients and staff. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Hunt 'confident' EU NHS workers will be allowed to remain post Brexit
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is confident that the 150,000 EU staff who work in the NHS and social care will be allowed to remain in the UK, with the same rights and benefits as they currently have, following Brexit. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs left with larger stocks of unused flu vaccine following 2016/17 season
Over two fifths of practices were left with unused stocks of flu vaccine at the end of the 2016/17 season, with more than half of these saying they were left with bigger surplus stocks than the previous year, according to a poll of GP partners. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Sessional GPs seeking ways to support list-closure industrial action
Sessional GP leaders are investigating how they could take action to support partners in potential industrial action without impacting on practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news